Bingtown is a hub of exotic trade and home to a merchant nobility famed for its liveships�rare vessels carved from wizardwood, which ripens m...moreSynopsis:
Bingtown is a hub of exotic trade and home to a merchant nobility famed for its liveships�rare vessels carved from wizardwood, which ripens magically into sentient awareness. The fortunes of one of Bingtown's oldest families rest on the newly awakened liveship Vivacia.
For Althea Vestrit, the ship is her rightful legacy unjustly denied her�a legacy she will risk anything to reclaim. For Althea's young nephew Wintrow, wrenched from his religious studies and forced to serve aboard ship, Vivacia is a life sentence.
But the fate of the Vestrit family�and the ship�may ultimately lie in the hands of an outsider. The ruthless pirate Kennit seeks a way to seize power over all the denizens of the Pirate Isles...and the first step of his plan requires him to capture his own liveship and bend it to his will....
I really enjoyed this more than I expected. It can be difficult sometimes going from series to series yet set in the same world with different characters. I tend to get attached to the ones that I meet first. In the end, I discovered that I'm pretty attached to some of the characters that will be appearing throughout this trilogy as well.
For fifteen years FitzChivalry Farseer has lived in self-imposed exile, assumed to be dead by almost all who once cared about him. But that i...moreSynopsis:
For fifteen years FitzChivalry Farseer has lived in self-imposed exile, assumed to be dead by almost all who once cared about him. But that is about to change when destiny seeks him once again. Prince Dutiful, the young heir to the Farseer throne, has vanished and FitzChivalry, possessed of magical skills both royal and profane, is the only one who can retrieve him in time for his betrothal ceremony--thus sparing the Six Duchies profound political embarrassment...or worse. But even Fitz does not suspect the web of treachery that awaits him or how his loyalties to his Queen, his partner, and those who share his magic will be tested to the breaking point.
When this starts out, a lot has changed. It's been fifteen years and for quite a while, Fitz has been living in an out of the way hut with Nighteyes and a boy named Hap that Starling had dropped off with him some years before. Things are mostly going okay for Fitz. He's a bit lonely and he's still hungering for the Skill, but otherwise, he's content. But then Starling comes to take Hap to Buckkeep for Springfest and suddenly, Chade comes to visit Fitz. He wants Fitz to train Prince Dutiful in the Skill, but Fitz refuses to return there and get sucked into political intrigue again. Chade leaves, but Fitz is feeling restless as though he should go out and do something. Then the Fool comes to visit. This is a visit he really wasn't expecting. But he's glad for it. Still, even when the Fool asks, Fitz does not go with him to Buckkeep. Not until they get a message from Chade that Fitz is need urgently at the Castle and so they go.
Fitz soon discovers that there's a lot he doesn't know about what's going on while he's kept himself apart from nearly everyone. We do get to find out what he was doing for all of those long years and while he isn't excited about being back at Buckkeep, seeing Kettricken again makes him happy. Sucks about the circumstances, though.
Eventually, Fitz, Lord Golden (the name Fool is known by now) and Kettricken's huntswoman Laurel set off to find Prince Dutiful and bring him home. It's almost time for his betrothal and he must be there, so they're on a time limit as it is. Turns out, the situation is a lot more twisted than any of them realized.
A lot happens in this book even though a lot of it is spent traveling. Fitz and Dutiful really don't get along initially, but if Dutiful had been more himself when they met, maybe that wouldn't have been the case. Later, though, Dutiful seems to come around. He kind of latches on to Fitz. Honestly, it's not surprising. They are actually quite a lot alike. They both end up sharing the same loss, too.
(view spoiler)[I can't believe that happened! I cried! Robin Hobb made me cry all over again! I knew it was inevitable. I knew it was coming. That doesn't lessen the pain of it. I can only hope that his friendship with the Fool and training Dutiful will help him cope, at least a little. Since Starling turned out to be a bitch and Chade and Kettricken can't act like they know him too well, Fool and Dutiful are about all he's got left. Hap is still around and Jinna's friendship is genuine, so at least there's that. Still, the companion he's had the longest is now gone from him and that bond ran deep. It's not going to be an easy thing for Fitz going forward. (hide spoiler)]
There's still a threat out there. Too many people know Dutiful's secret. I'm worried about that. I get why those Old Bloods let that group go, but they know too much. And they despise Fitz. This can't be a good thing.
I'm worried about how things will go. I just want one good thing to happen to Fitz and for just one good thing to go right for him for once. I think that just may be a long time in coming.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
King Shrewd is dead at the hands of his son Regal. As is Fitz--or so his enemies and friends believe. But with the help of his allies and his...moreSynopsis:
King Shrewd is dead at the hands of his son Regal. As is Fitz--or so his enemies and friends believe. But with the help of his allies and his beast magic, he emerges from the grave, deeply scarred in body and soul. The kingdom also teeters toward ruin: Regal has plundered and abandoned the capital, while the rightful heir, Prince Verity, is lost to his mad quest--perhaps to death. Only Verity's return--or the heir his princess carries--can save the Six Duchies.
But Fitz will not wait. Driven by loss and bitter memories, he undertakes a quest: to kill Regal. The journey casts him into deep waters, as he discovers wild currents of magic within him--currents that will either drown him or make him something more than he was....
Ah, but this book left me not quite sure how to feel. There's a lot that happens and the ending may or may not work for you. I honestly cannot see how it could have ended any differently. Still, if I did not know that there's more to Fitz's story, that ending would have chafed even more. I want more for Fitz than what he got. And while Verity got what he wanted, I want more for him, too.
The Skill-dreams Fitz had of Molly revealed much to him. For a time, he was content that they were safe even if Molly believe him dead. And even if Burrich eventually came to believe it as well. He was glad Burrich was there to keep safe what he held dear. Until that last Skilling and he saw that they had both moved on from him. That broke my heart. Then it broke again when he thought he knew what he was offering Verity, but it turned out to be something quite different. I know why Verity did it, but Fitz didn't know how to really deal with it.
A lot happens in this book. Fitz does manage to get revenge, but in a way I did not expect. Disaster does get averted, but it feels that for everything he lost, Fitz really didn't gain anything. At least he still had Nighteyes who as always, was awesome. I'm really thankful that Fitz has him.
I'm also happy that Fitz has the Fool. Despite how their last meeting ended, Fool was happy to meet with Fitz again. He'd thought he'd failed in his duty because he believed Fitz to be dead. Finding out differently restored him. Fitz and the Fool grow closer once they all set out to find Verity. That certainly made me happy.
Overall, I was pleased with the way things took place. Fitz suffers, but when is Fitz not suffering? I always want to hold him and shield him, but I know it can't happen. He does get a bit of what he wants, but it's a bittersweet thing.
Fitz has survived his first hazardous mission as king’s assassin, but is left little more than a cripple. Battered and bitter, he vows to aba...moreSynopsis:
Fitz has survived his first hazardous mission as king’s assassin, but is left little more than a cripple. Battered and bitter, he vows to abandon his oath to King Shrewd, remaining in the distant mountains. But love and events of terrible urgency draw him back to the court at Buckkeep, and into the deadly intrigues of the royal family.
Renewing their vicious attacks on the coast, the Red-Ship Raiders leave burned-out villages and demented victims in their wake. The kingdom is also under assault from within, as treachery threatens the throne of the ailing king. In this time of great danger, the fate of the kingdom may rest in Fitz’s hands—and his role in its salvation may require the ultimate sacrifice.
She fucking did it again. Wrenched me all around. Made me smile. Made me shiver. Made me cry. Made me pissed the hell off. Made me happy. Freaking Robin Hobb jerking 'round with my emotions!
The Weiss Strande Hotel is in trouble. Business just isn't what it used to be when Tyler’s father ran the family-owned hotel. On top of busin...moreSynopsis:
The Weiss Strande Hotel is in trouble. Business just isn't what it used to be when Tyler’s father ran the family-owned hotel. On top of business being down, dad's sick with cancer and bills have skyrocketed.
Desperate to save his family interest, Tyler and his best friend sink their hopes and what's left of their money into a new venture: a nightclub at the hotel. It's imperative that the White Room is a success, or else the hotel will go under. Lady Luck seems to be with them, however, because they manage to sign the mega-popular rock group Heaven Sent to play the grand opening.
Already a huge fan of the group, Tyler couldn't be more excited to welcome them to his hotel. He's not at all prepared for the bomb of lust that hits him when he's finally face-to-face with the painfully gorgeous lead singer, Johnnie Heaven. No, it couldn't be lust. Yes, Johnnie's probably the most beautiful person he's ever seen, but Tyler is straight. It must be a misguided form of hero worship that he's feeling.
Tyler finds out that he and Johnnie share an obsession: video games. When Johnnie invites Tyler to his room to play, Tyler jumps at the chance. Who wouldn't snap up the opportunity to spend time with their idol? He and Johnnie have a great time with the games, but Tyler soon discovers that Johnnie's got more in mind. The rock star's aims to introduce Tyler to a whole new level of game play.
Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: male/male sexual practices
This was a surprising read for me. I guess thanks to Armi and her touting of this series, I had to check it out and I ended up enjoying it. I've had the book suggested to me by GR more than once, but I avoided it because seriously, talk about horrible covers. The only good part about putting the series off so long is that now it gives me a new series to binge on.
I really liked both Tyler and Johnnie, though Johnnie is pretty forceful in the beginning. At least he does acknowledge that at some point. I still don't think he forced Tyler to do anything he didn't want to do and Tyler certainly never accuses him of doing so. Probably he should have actually stopped when Tyler did tell him to, at least. I won't hold it against him too much.
These two were pretty hot together. There isn't any major drama other than Tyler dragging his feet and doing his hardest to admit his feelings to Johnnie. I thought it was going to be Johnnie I'd have to worry about on that front. I thoroughly enjoyed reading their sex scenes, though. I also liked that they had things in common outside of sex and Johnnie didn't mind talking about the mundane day-to-day with Tyler.
I was happy with Tyler's family, though I would have liked to see (view spoiler)[him come out to his family. He came out to Edward, his best friend, but I felt like I was missing a nice family moment since we didn't at least get to see him come out to his sister, Amy (hide spoiler)]. I would have liked to see a little more of the band members, but Luc seems interesting. If there were no Johnnie, Tyler would have went for Luc. Though maybe he would have been able to resist him more than he was able to with Johnnie.
All in all, this was a nice, quick read with some awesome sexy times and sweet moments as well.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Alone in a world on the brink of war…two unlikely allies will discover a love greater than time.
Exiled from her home, powerful oracle Cosmina...moreSynopsis:
Alone in a world on the brink of war…two unlikely allies will discover a love greater than time.
Exiled from her home, powerful oracle Cosmina Cordei holds the key to uniting those protecting mankind from evil. But just as she makes her way into the holy city to perform an ancient rite, the enemy closes in for the kill…
Drawn by a destiny he won’t accept, elite assassin Henrik Lazar detests the mystical curse handed down by his mother. But when the sorcery in his blood is activated and past pain comes back to haunt him, his new abilities come into play and he must learn to control them.
Rescued by Henrik in the heat of battle, Cosmina must decide whether to trust the assassin who loathes the goddess she serves or face certain death on her own. Forced into an untenable position, Henrik is left with a terrible choice—protect the magical Order he despises, or deny destiny and lose the woman he loves forever.
4.5 stars rounding up.
I'm really enjoying this series. For whatever reason, it just works for me. It's not the most unique PNR and it's got the usual tropes that make a paranormal romance what it is. However, I'm still loving the series despite that. I like the characters and I like the magic. The men are all pretty sweet with their women and they just want to be loved, even when they think they don't deserve it. The women try hard to depend on no one but themselves, but they can't seem to help themselves when the guys come along. It's usually because they've landed in an impossible situation. They don't have much choice but to accept help. That's not to say that they lose all independence and cannot defend themselves, because I don't consider that to be the case. The Blessed are not helpless. They may not all be warriors, but they usually have some way of defending themselves.
Cosmina was a good example of this. She's pretty damn good with throwing knives as well as using them in close quarters combat. She's just unlucky that the Al Pacii are the ones that have been made her enemies now. Even still, she's determined to see the mission the Goddess gave her through even though she's practically bleeding to death thanks to an arrow in the arm from Halal. If Henrik, Shay and Andrei (with Tareek and Kazim as backup) hadn't tracked their former comrades to White Temple, Cosmina would have been a goner. As it is, her mission is a success and she even ends up helping the guys despite barely being able to stand on her own and ending up temporarily disabled. The thing Cosmina struggled with the most is over the way she wanted to rely on Henrik despite having lived on her own for the past five years. She's used to being cautious and keeping her guard up, so trusting Henrik so soon seems wrong to her. However, thanks to her gift, she comes to accept this on her own and without too much annoying introspection. Once she does accept it, even when she wants to cling, she refuses to. She goes balls to the wall and with no remorse. I admired that about her. And when Henrik does do something to hurt her, she doesn't wallow in bitterness forever. She also doesn't mope. She continues her mission and saves one of her fellow Blessed. When Henrik does come to his senses, she doesn't forgive him easily. She makes him tell her how he feels. Good for her.
I adored Henrik. I liked him from book 1 and his character was pretty consistent here. We learned some more about his past, though I would have preferred that he revealed in to Cosmina directly instead of the way that she found out. I'm glad that scene wasn't as angsty as it could have been, though. Thanks to Cosmina, Henrik was able to overcome a lot of bitterness with regards to the Goddess of All Things. It doesn't happen right away, so it felt right to me once it did happen. Having someone like Cosmina love him went a long way to helping him heal. He'll likely still have some issues (for a strong guy, Henrik has some strong fears), but at least he isn't alone anymore. You could really tell how alone he'd been feeling when he felt relieved not to be the only guy stuck with magic. He never wanted magic, but now that all of the others seem to have it, too, I think he'll better adapt to his new abilities. It helps that he doesn't detest the Goddess anymore, for sure. My main problem with Henrik is that he fell into the same trap that Xavian fell into with Afina. He thought he wasn't good enough to be with someone like Cosmina. It made him think a little too much. I wanted him to just decide one way or another and stick with it. He was really sweet with her, though and he wasn't overbearing. He was alpha, but not in a really annoying way. Plus, I liked that he enjoyed bantering with her and really seemed to get into it when she took control.
We also got POVs from Tareek, Cristobal, a Blessed named Nairobi and Halal in this book. Halal gets himself upgraded, but so far, it hasn't given him too much of an advantage as the Seven have been upgraded as well. Plus, those dudes have three dragons on their side. Still, I'm sure Halal will get some licks in soon enough. He probably won't lose all the time. I really dislike that guy and the Prince of Shadows can go kick rocks. Tareek is still fiercely protective of Henrik thanks to their history, but he's got scars of his own that he has to overcome. He starts to begin to here, but I'm sure we will see him grow more over the course of the series. We get a few POVs from Cristobal as well and at first, he's terrified of the changes he's going through. His are really invasive, but the end result is pretty deadly and incredibly useful. It seems he's also got himself a connection with Cruz and I'm sure that will come in handy, especially now that Nairobi has arrived. Is she the one the voice Cristobal was hearing was telling him to find? With the way he was acting towards him after Cosmina saved her, I'm inclined to think so. I'm assuming that their book will be next. Nairobi seems like a pretty self-sufficient type of woman and headstrong, too. I have a feeling that Cristobal will have his hands full with her.
I'm glad that we got to see all of the guys get some decent amount of page time in this one. In book 1, I kept completely forgetting about Kazim and Razvan because I'm pretty sure they didn't have any speaking lines in that one. We actually get to see a nice deal more of Kazim and I rather like him. Razvan I'm not sure about yet because while we got see his awesome new abilities, we didn't see a whole lot of him. That should change as the series progresses. I was happy that there was plenty of Andrei and Shay. I really like those two. I wonder what Andrei's issue with water is, though. I'm really looking forward to when he finds his own mate. He didn't think Henrik getting attached to Cosmina was a smart move, so I'm wondering how hard he will try to resist falling in love. I really want to see him fall hard. I also look forward to seeing what type of woman Shay will fall for. He's the youngest of all of them, but he's damned deadly still and I like his sarcasm. I also like that he took to his new magic really well. So did Kazim and Xavian. I can't wait to see what happens next.(less)
In AD 1331, warlord Vladimir Barbu seizes control of Transylvania. But in spite of his bloody triumph, his claim to the throne remains out of...moreSynopsis:
In AD 1331, warlord Vladimir Barbu seizes control of Transylvania. But in spite of his bloody triumph, his claim to the throne remains out of reach. The king of Hungary opposes his rule, the Transylvanian people despise his brutal ways, and the high priestess needed to crown him has vanished without a trace. But Barbu hasn’t come this far only to be thwarted by a woman. He unleashes his best hunters to track her down and bring her to him—dead or alive.
For Xavian Ramir, killing is the only life he has ever known. Torn from his family when he was a child, he was trained from an early age to be an elite assassin. But now he longs for something more, vowing to start anew after one last job. The bounty on his target’s head is enough to set him up for good—if he can resist the long-dead conscience that stirs to life when he meets his beautiful mark.
Afina Lazar never wanted to become high priestess, but the brutal murders of her beloved mother and sister leave her no choice. Now she is running for her life, desperate to protect the magical amulet entrusted to her care. But when Barbu’s assassin comes for her, she realizes her only chance of stopping the warlord’s rise to power is to convince this enigmatic—and handsome—hunter that she is more valuable alive than dead.
Dramatic and fast-paced, Knight Awakened is a stirring love story between two people searching for a second chance in a magical world of assassins, warlords, unearthly beasts, and nonstop adventure.
Giving this 4.5 stars and rounding up.
I really enjoyed this and got sucked into it pretty quickly. I enjoyed Xavian and Afina quite a bit. They frustrated me at times, but that's pretty much to be expected in a PNR and it's better than them never doing anything wrong. Besides, I really liked Afina, so I was quite happy that she didn't do typical dumb heroine things. Xavian had some typical alpha male hero tendencies, but I still really liked him.
The story starts out with Xavian right outside where Afina has been hiding out with her sister's two-year old daughter Sabine. Xavian has been sent to retrieve Afina for the man who wants her. Xavian doesn't know why Vladimir Barbu wants Afina and he shouldn't care, but he gets curious. It also turns out that another man has sent Xavian after Afina (though this turns out not to be what he expected) and Xavian isn't too sure about what he's going to do exactly until he does it. The next thing you know, he's stealing Afina and Sabine away to take them to his keep Drachaven. In the beginning, Afina is both drawn to Xavian and terrified of him. She doesn't know why she wants him and berates herself for it on more than one occasion. What she is sure of, is that she has to take Sabine and get as far away as possible. She's being hunted and for all she knows, Xavian is taking her to the man that is hunting her. The one time she does try to escape, she gets herself into some serious trouble. Lucky for her, Xavian knew she would try and was following her when it happened. That's when we really start to learn what it is about Afina that makes Vladimir want her so badly.
For Xavian's part, he could be hot and cold. He really, really wanted Afina, but felt he had no right to her. So when (view spoiler)[they sleep together the first time and he discovers that she's a virgin (hide spoiler)]man is he pissed. To him, she's been lying the whole time and Xavian cannot abide by lies. He isn't nice to her after that. He was doing it on purpose because he was pissed that what he felt was a lie caused him to break his oath, but he was pissed at himself, too. Luckily, Afina gets herself into trouble after that and he rescues her and that doesn't last too long. He does try avoiding her later on in the book even after learning about the connection they have because he seriously thinks that someone like him doesn't deserve someone like her. Afina sets him straight on that front, though. I was proud of her for that. She wouldn't let him hide from her.
There were a couple of unexpected discoveries. I was especially surprised by Henrik's connection to everything. I wasn't actually expecting the Goddess they talked about to interact with them, either. So now we have a band of former assassins fighting the good fight. Somehow, all of the women they'll end up will be helpful to that in some way, I'm sure. I'm looking forward to getting to know more of the Seven better. So far, I've got a little bit of a handle on Cristobal, Henrik, Andrei and Shay, but I totally forgot about Kazim and Razvan unless they were mentioned during a fight. We never really saw Xavian interact with those two. I am really curious to know if the dragon shifters will get their own books. I'd love to see Garren especially fall in love.
I'm sure we'll be seeing more of that bastard Halal. I don't like his POVs because I just don't like him, but they at least add to the story. He'll probably be around for the whole conflict as other than the Goddess's nemesis, he's the Big Bad. I hope that Xavian and his crew can keep too many more boys from falling into that asshole's hands, but I'm sure there will be setbacks along the way.
I'll be following along to see what happens. I just hope there won't be too long of a wait between the rest of the books like there was between this one and book 2. Nearly two years!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
For those who have loved Seraphina and Graceling comes another truly fabulous fantasy...
For five centuries, a witch’s curse has bound the tro...moreSynopsis:
For those who have loved Seraphina and Graceling comes another truly fabulous fantasy...
For five centuries, a witch’s curse has bound the trolls to their city beneath the ruins of Forsaken Mountain. Time enough for their dark and nefarious magic to fade from human memory and into myth. But a prophesy has been spoken of a union with the power to set the trolls free, and when Cécile de Troyes is kidnapped and taken beneath the mountain, she learns there is far more to the myth of the trolls than she could have imagined.
Cécile has only one thing on her mind after she is brought to Trollus: escape. Only the trolls are clever, fast, and inhumanly strong. She will have to bide her time, wait for the perfect opportunity.
But something unexpected happens while she’s waiting – she begins to fall for the enigmatic troll prince to whom she has been bonded and married. She begins to make friends. And she begins to see that she may be the only hope for the half-bloods – part troll, part human creatures who are slaves to the full-blooded trolls. There is a rebellion brewing. And her prince, Tristan, the future king, is its secret leader.
As Cécile becomes involved in the intricate political games of Trollus, she becomes more than a farmer’s daughter. She becomes a princess, the hope of a people, and a witch with magic powerful enough to change Trollus forever.
Color me surprised. I found this book entirely by accident. I'd never heard of it before, though a couple of my GR friends have read it. Possibly, I just wasn't paying attention because I haven't read anything YA in like a year. I'm so behind on all of my YA series it isn't funny. I wasn't truly looking to start yet another series, but after reading two books in a YA series that took me completely by surprise by how much I enjoyed it, I ended up on the hunt for more. I wanted something paranormal-ish like the Allison's Story series I began this week, but then I ended up with a dystopia and then this more fantasy than paranormal read. This book gave me the same level of enjoyment as The Elect and The Vanguard and I just couldn't put it down just like the both of those books. I started reading this as a sample and ended up buying the full length book before I even got to the end of it.
This story starts things off at a gallop and I felt the momentum remained throughout. I adore Cecile. No whiny, wilting flower of a heroine here! She starts off terrified and certain that she's going to do and transforms into a girl who is brave and determined to save herself. She can be impulsive as Cecile tends to be ruled by her heart. She is quite capable of using her brain, however. Thanks to some quick thinking, she's actually able to get out of some tough situations. She does get tripped up by troll manipulation from time to time, but this is by no means a stupid girl. I love the way that she loves Tristan. It isn't easy being bonded to him. They sometimes hurt each other, but they have a strong love even though it is fragile and new. At the end of the book, they get split apart, but Cecile is determined to save her man.
I really liked Tristan as well. At first, I didn't know what to make of that dude. He was rude and condescending. As the story goes on, though, we see different sides of him. I was really thankful for the chapters told in his POV, though there aren't a lot of them. They provided some much needed insight, though. Cecile could tell Tristan was up to something and it isn't too long before we find out just what he is up to. It's a while longer before Cecile gets an idea of it. Tristan isn't the most trusting. Trolls can't lie, but humans can. And though trolls can't lie, they can find ways to say things in such a way that they may as well be lying. Looking back on it, I should have picked up on the true nature of the trolls much faster than I did. It wasn't until Tristan let on that they originally came from somewhere else that I understood what the trolls really are. Cecile still doesn't know, but I'm sure she will eventually. The most surprising thing about Tristan is how deeply he loves. He started out not wanting to love her, but then he just couldn't help himself. He ended up risking everything for her. I'm worried about what he's going through now. I hope Cecile can save him.
I liked a lot of the other characters, too. Marc, Vincent, Victoria, Elise and Zoe were all great. Anais was iffy for me, but she really was a good person. Just more devoted to Tristan than anyone or anything else really. Tristan's father I hated. Angouleme, too. I wonder what Angouleme will try next. He wanted to expose Tristan, but it wouldn't have helped much. I can't believe how badly they all got played. Amazing.
Seriously, all is not what it seems in this book.
I absolutely cannot wait for book 2 in this series.(less)
She knows what it means to be Elect. The Vanguard are an entirely different breed.
In the wake of tragedy, Allison Noble finds herself surroun...moreSynopsis:
She knows what it means to be Elect. The Vanguard are an entirely different breed.
In the wake of tragedy, Allison Noble finds herself surrounded: hunted by enemies she never knew she had, protected by strangers she isn’t sure she can trust. Her options are limited. She can stay, and put her life in unfamiliar hands…or honor the promise she gave her mother to track down Phillip Noble.
Questioning friendships, testing loyalties, Allison strikes out on her own. But as her powers grow, and new potential is revealed, the danger she ran away from is never far behind.
I really, really enjoyed this sequel. I read it straight through in just a little over five hours. I am very much looking forward to book three and will certainly be on the lookout for future series from Ms. Todd.
This book picks up just over a month after the end of the first book. Allison is depressed and doing all that she can to stay numb. With the Vanguard around, that's easy to do. However, it isn't long before Ally begins thinking of vengeance. She'd kill every Elder out there if she were able and if she had to. She makes moves to do just that, but her planning isn't so good. She goes on the run and has an unexpected tag-along in Ryan to accompany her.
Ryan would do anything for Ally. She has a hard time trusting him at first, but she slowly lets him in. If only she didn't have the bad habit of pushing him away constantly. That dude puts up with a lot of that from her, but I don't think he can do it for much longer. I think it's what she's given him so far that keeps him around, but I believe him when he says that he won't chase her. Both Ryan and I need her to make up her mind for once and for all when it comes to their relationship. I understand why she feels she should stay away from him, but she's hurting the both of them by playing keep away.
Ally gets herself into a lot of trouble in this installment. Some of it, really isn't her fault, other times, she clearly does wrong. She just doesn't care. She appreciates the consequences a little more by the end of the book than she starts out with, but considering her current plan she's embroiling herself in when this book ends, I'm even more worried for her future.
There are some revelations revealed in this book that Allison did not react well to and that I didn't expect. Maybe I should have, but I was pretty surprised. I hope that Ally gives her remaining family a chance. None of this is their fault. I think the possibility is there now that she had a chance to see things from Phillip's POV. I really hope Ally gets a chance to be somewhat herself in the future as well. She's stronger now, but she hasn't been very nice since what happened at the end of book 1. She at least realizes that she's changed. She hasn't corrected her behavior by much, but I think those good parts of her are still there. I really hope she doesn't do anything too crazy, but I'm not putting it past her at this point. I'm worried, but I really can't wait to see what comes next.(less)
Lucy King is only an hour away from embarking on the most incredible vacation of her life: White sandy beaches in a tropical paradise, snorke...moreSynopsis:
Lucy King is only an hour away from embarking on the most incredible vacation of her life: White sandy beaches in a tropical paradise, snorkeling and sunbathing in peaceful tranquility. But as Lucy looks forward to her trip, a sinister plot is unfolding that will demolish the world as she knows it. An unknown bioterrorist group unleashes a virus that virtually wipes out the earth’s population—leaving Lucy, and a small faction of survivors, trapped inside her high school to wait out the apocalypse.
As war, looting, and death wreak havoc outside, inside, the students must contend with a tyrannical and paranoid principal and their own struggles of being orphaned, frightened, and unsure of what the future will bring.
What begins as a basic fight for survival turns into a search for answers that will challenge everything Lucy has ever known about her life and her family.
I enjoyed reading this although it didn't draw me in completely. It kept me curious and wondering, though and that was one of the things I appreciated most about the book. The other thing I appreciated was that Lucy wasn't overly whiny. I think she reacted pretty well considering what all was going on. She freaked out and she got upset, but not in a way that annoyed me. She actually handled it pretty well. I'm not sure how I would have handled everything. Maybe not as well as Lucy did. Some of her decisions did make me want to shake her. I'm not sure what she could have done had she decided differently about staying in the school with that crazy principal, but I still think that was nuts. That man obviously couldn't handle the situation and that was just dangerous. I guess she's just lucky that Grant and Salem were with her.
Speaking of Salem, I wanted to smack her around a little. Being upset was certainly her right, but I don't like the way she came on to Grant. For his part, Grant handled things pretty well, too. He stuck around with Lucy when he didn't have to. He didn't fall apart, but he had his moments when he just needed to grieve as well. Really, these kids actually took pretty decent care of themselves. It was when Darla showed up to trade Lucy for whatever she had that things started to get more interesting. As soon as Darla mentioned a vaccine, I had an idea about some of what was going on. That creepy prologue definitely came back into play. At first, I thought Lucy's father was someone else, but then I figured he must have been someone else. Lucy isn't ready to accept his role in things, but soon enough she won't be able to ignore it, I'm sure.
She and Grant are on their way to try to find her family now, but I'm sure it won't be that easy. Even if she does find them, how will she let Ethan and Darla know? Even if she can let them know, what then? I wonder if the engineers of the virus will finally come forward and do whatever it is they put all of this in motion for. Why did they do it? That's what I want to know most and it's why I'll be reading book 2.(less)
Allison Noble never liked the Baileys. They were too good-looking, too popular, too charming to be legitimate. For most of their high school...moreSynopsis:
Allison Noble never liked the Baileys. They were too good-looking, too popular, too charming to be legitimate. For most of their high school career she avoided the pair, convinced their outward affability was just a ruse to disguise their true character. Okay, yeah, she’s a little neurotic. Even so, she never suspected that what they were hiding was dangerous. It never occurred to her that they might have abilities based more in fiction than reality. Why would it? People can’t produce fire with their bare hands. There are no such things as mind control and telekinesis. Except, she discovers, there are.
The Baileys are Elect, gifted with supernatural powers Allison is able to not only sense, but use herself. In the history of the Elect, there has never been one such as she, and with good reason. Because she wasn’t born to such power, she has a difficult time controlling it. Accidents happen, putting them all at risk. As others draw near—some who wish to protect her, others who want to destroy her—she is forced to uncover the secrets of her past, and face the consequences of being what her own kind refers to as an abomination.
I find myself pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. I wasn't really expecting to be in the mood for a YA novel as it's been a really long time since that last time I've read one. I downloaded a sample for this book over the weekend because it was featured as a possible BOM selection for one of the groups that I'm in. Last night, I started reading the sample because I was bored with the adult CR I was reading and needed something paranormal. I got hooked on finding out what would happen to Ally and Delaney and how Ryan, Nate and Jeremy would play into things.
When Ally had her first encounter with weird powers the day she caught Jeremy, Nate and Ryan playing with fire the night they all broke into the school (for different reasons), I was already interested. It was a while before something happened again, but I became even more interested the night of the bonfire. It became really interesting when Ally was able to resist Nate's Pushing and then again even more so when she Pushed back. They all thought it was strange that she had more than one ability when it turned out she was just as fiery as Jeremy. They didn't know why, but their theory was a good one. I had the same idea, early on. It isn't until the very end of the book that we find out what's really going on with Ally.
There is some romance in this, but it's not a huge part of the plot. Ally doesn't do the usual YA heroine thing of mooning over a hero and there isn't a love triangle, so there's none of that wishy washyness you tend to find in a lot of YA these days. There are some typical high school mean girl antics, but even that wasn't so prevalent that it annoyed me. Ally didn't think that much of herself when it came to people liking or noticing her, but she pretty much just accepted things as they were. She didn't dwell on it or really let it get her down, so when one of her newfound guy friends starts crushing on her, she doesn't even notice. It takes some real convincing on his part to get her to accept it or to even accept that she likes him in that way back. By that point, there isn't a lot of hope for a relationship between these two considering what happens afterwards.
I really like the ending to this book even though it's a bit of a cliffhanger. It's a good thing I've got book two ready to go because I really can't believe that happened. I cried a bit. I really can't wait to find out what will happen next. Ally is in a pretty big mess and I'm assuming a lot of trouble based on the things her mother told her. What will happen to her now? Will Delaney, Ryan, Nate and Jeremy find out what happened? Will Ally find her father? So many questions.(less)
PHOTO DESCRIPTION: The photograph shows us two blond teenage boys on a sunny day, in front of a stadium. Both are quite buff and wearing ident...moreSynopsis:
PHOTO DESCRIPTION: The photograph shows us two blond teenage boys on a sunny day, in front of a stadium. Both are quite buff and wearing identical maroon-colored rugby jerseys. The taller boy has an arm around the other in a gentle embrace whilst pressing a soft kiss to his forehead. Both appear to be happy and not the least concerned about their public display of affection.
STORY LETTER: Dear Author,
This is the last day of our senior year of high school. It hasn’t been an easy year for us, but we’ve made it. Please give us a story.
This picture of us can represent the beginning, or the end, of your story for us. How did we make it to this point or where are we going from here?
I love a contemporary, New Adult or Young Adult, romance. On-the-page sex (can be sweet & romantic or hot & steamy) is major a plus. Please no cheating, no vampires/shifters and no BDSM. I love me some angst but an HEA/HFN ending is a must.
STORY INFO: Genre: new adult, contemporary Tags: high school, barely legal, first time, coming of age, sports, slow burn/UST, coming out Word Count: 59,534
I thought this was cute. There's a plot twist that I figured was going to happen eventually, but I didn't mind too much how it played out. I thought Bax was maybe a bit too mopey considering it was on him that it happened and he wasn't doing anything to change the situation. I did hate that they were both miserable, though. It wasn't terribly surprising considering no one wants to be "the gay sports player," but it makes things just a bit predictable. Still, I was glad that Jacob didn't just take him back like nothing ever happened.
Things do work out for them and their relationship is very sweet. I was glad that they got their happy ending.(less)
When a series of bombs go off in a Therian youth center, injuring members of THIRDS Team Destructive Delta, and causing a rift between agents...moreSynopsis:
When a series of bombs go off in a Therian youth center, injuring members of THIRDS Team Destructive Delta, and causing a rift between agents Dexter J. Daley and Sloane Brodie, peace seems unattainable. Especially when a new and frightening group, the Order of Adrasteia, appears to always be a step ahead. With panic and intolerance spreading and streets becoming littered with the Order’s propaganda, hostility between Humans and Therians grows daily. Dex and Sloane, along with the rest of the team, are determined to take down the Order and restore peace, not to mention settle a personal score. But the deeper the team investigates the bombings, the more they believe there’s a more sinister motive than a desire to shed blood and spread chaos.
Discovering the frightful truth behind the Order’s intent forces Sloane to confront secrets from a past he thought he’d left behind for good, a past that could not only destroy him and his career, but also the reputation of the organization that made him all he is today. Now more than ever, Dex and Sloane need each other, and, along with trust, the strength of their bond will mean the difference between justice and all-out war.
Another winner from Charlie Cochet for me! I am seriously going to have to get caught up on her backlist. This particular series, though, is a new favorite for me. I am addicted and I do not apologize for it. I'm sad already that Rack & Ruin isn't out until November, but at least that's closer than it could have been. I will never tire of reading about Dex and Sloane and Cael and Ash and Calvin and Hobbs. Love these characters so much. Rosa and Letty and even Papa Tony are awesome, too.
The action in this one pretty much gets started right away. When we see Dex again, he and the team are on an assignment. He and Sloane seem to be getting along pretty well, though outside of the job, things definitely aren't perfect. Still, Dex is determined to take things one day at a time like he told Sloane he would. He can't seem to help feeling frustrated over the whole thing. He wants Sloane to open up to him, to trust him. He wants whatever they have to be something more. Part of him doesn't want to feel that way, but it's basically too late for Dex already. He's totally gone over Sloane and he's finding it more and more difficult to hold himself. Dex, though, remains his awesome self. He has a way of anticipating Sloane's needs pretty damn well despite there still being so much he doesn't know about him. He can't help believing in him, though. That's not to say he doesn't still get pissed at the guy, 'cause he does. Especially after that reprimand. Man am I glad that they made up after that. I was feeling sad for both of them. Stubborn ass men.
Sloane is still trying to come to terms with how much he feels about Dex. He sometimes embraces it, sometimes runs from it. He knows he wants Dex in his life, but he feels that he doesn't deserve him. He thinks that Dex would drop him if he found out about his past. I think part of Sloane knew that Dex wouldn't do that, but he couldn't help but to worry about it. Sloane has it pretty bad for Dex even if he doesn't always admit it. By the end of the book, he seems to have accepted it and is more willing to acknowledge that he and Dex are dating. He does say to Dex that it's more than just sex between them and it is. Dex brings out a lighter side of Sloane that I really like. Sloane really struggled in this book. He seems to have reached a good place now that he's unloaded on Dex a bit. I hope they get to be happy for a while.
Of course, our other potential couples seem to be making some progress, too. Dex is finally aware of Cael's crush and he didn't flip out near as much as I was expecting him to. He did warn Cael against falling for a straight guy, but it's too late for Cael in that regard. Plus, I agree with Cael, Ash doesn't seem all that straight, at least, not when it comes to Cael. It's more than just wanting to protect him. Cael isn't a kid no matter how small or young he looks, yet Ash is quick to rescue him from unwanted dudes hitting on him. Cael does need to be careful, though because at the very least, Ash is deep in the closet. I'm glad that Dex seems to be willing to not give Cael too much crap about Ash as long as Ash makes him happy. Dex really will rip Ash a new one if he ever hurts his Chirpy (=D), though. And then we have Calvin and Hobbs. It seems things between them have been going on for a while, but I think this is the first time that one of them has done something about it. I'm looking forward to seeing how that plays out. Hobbs is so fucking adorable. I love him. I was surprised to find out about the past relationship between (view spoiler)[Hobbs' older brother Seb and the teams Medical Examiner Hudson (hide spoiler)]. I definitely wasn't expecting that. I wonder if things will rekindle with those two?
The case makes some considerable progress as well, but things are definitely not over. (view spoiler)[At least that asshole Isaac is dead! I hate what he did to Dex and everything he put Sloane through! (hide spoiler)] They've got new problems now, though and it won't be so easy to get the city back under control, but I'm sure Destructive Team Delta is up to the task, so long as they don't fall apart due to relationship troubles.
Also, I'm looking forward to more hot Sex sex, heh.
C'mon, Charlie! Don't you wanna let me review book 3 early? ;]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
When homicide detective Dexter J. Daley’s testimony helps send his partner away for murder, the consequences—and the media fr...moreSynopsis:
THIRDS: Book One
When homicide detective Dexter J. Daley’s testimony helps send his partner away for murder, the consequences—and the media frenzy—aren’t far behind. He soon finds himself sans boyfriend, sans friends, and, after an unpleasant encounter in a parking garage after the trial, he’s lucky he doesn’t find himself sans teeth. Dex fears he’ll get transferred from the Human Police Force’s Sixth Precinct, or worse, get dismissed. Instead, his adoptive father—a sergeant at the Therian-Human Intelligence Recon Defense Squadron otherwise known as the THIRDS—pulls a few strings, and Dex gets recruited as a Defense Agent.
Dex is determined to get his life back on track and eager to get started in his new job. But his first meeting with Team Leader Sloane Brodie, who also happens to be his new jaguar Therian partner, turns disastrous. When the team is called to investigate the murders of three HumaniTherian activists, it soon becomes clear to Dex that getting his partner and the rest of the tightknit team to accept him will be a lot harder than catching the killer—and every bit as dangerous.
I really, really enjoyed reading this book. I got sucked in and couldn't put it down. Dex and Sloane really got under my skin. Neither of them have been having a good time of things lately and their first meeting really was a disaster. It takes some time, but their partnership really does improve. There's some back and forth there, but Sloane always comes around in the end. For his part, Dex is very much a class clown, but there's a smart man beneath all of those quips and smartassery. It actually doesn't take too long for Dex to get in the good graces of the rest of the team. Save for Ash who hates him just on GP, I think.
For most of the book, Dex is still settling in to his new role as a THIRDS agent. He does pretty well which some of the team obviously did not expect, but they come to respect him. Sloane especially begins to open up to him, though I suspect that he really did not want that to happen. He still had a tendency to snap on Dex when Dex got too close to him, but he almost always apologized to him. For Dex's part, he really came to care about Sloane. He could see there was a lot of pain in the man. When he found out why, he wasn't thrilled about it, but he understood it. I was happy that Dex didn't try to force Sloane out of his grief, but he wouldn't let him dwell on it, either. surprisingly, Dex figures out how to handle Sloane pretty damned well. Sloane even knew that's what Dex was doing, but he let him keep at it, anyway.
I find the other characters in this series to be interesting as well. I wouldn't mind getting to know more about Letty and Rosa. Those are some kick ass chicks. And of course there's Dex's brother Cael who may or may not have something on with Sloane's best friend Ash. I really think there's something between those two. It may not have started yet, but one or both of them wants something to start. Ash can't seem to handle whatever it is he feels about Cael when he isn't drunk, but it's definitely there. I'm just surprised that Dex hasn't seen it, yet. I hope he doesn't try to cock-block once he twigs to it. Dex and Ash don't care for each other much, but if Sloane and Cael like him, Ash can't be all that bad. We also have Calvin and Hobbs who are either already sleeping together or will be soon enough. I understand why they're so close, but it's affecting their job. I really wonder just how deeply they feel for each other.
The case took a somewhat surprising turn. I had a feeling it might go that way, but I wasn't expecting that level of insanity or that particular tie-in. I definitely wasn't expecting that ending. It has me seriously anticipating book 2. Thank goodness that comes out in a few weeks or I might go a little nutty. It looks like Sloane is going to have a blast from the past. I can't wait to see how that plays out.(less)
The Special Forces team JC2 was created by the police to combat violence and drug crimes in Juxtapose City. Lieutenant Black, an intense youn...moreSynopsis:
The Special Forces team JC2 was created by the police to combat violence and drug crimes in Juxtapose City. Lieutenant Black, an intense young man with a mysterious past and a hatred of the drug Bliss, is the leader of the team which frequently targets psypaths, those with psychic powers. When the empath Calyx Starr is pulled from the streets and forced onto his team as part of the police captain's secret agenda, Black must deal not only with Starr's relentless attempts at seduction but also a dangerous telepath with a deadly grudge who has targeted the empath and JC2. This is an m/m romance.
It's insane the way that I got sucked into this story. I loved it.(less)